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In verse 7 of Psalm 139 the psalmist asks God, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?”

It is, of course. a rhetorical question. He knows there is no answer apart from, “Nowhere”. We simply cannot get away from God however hard we may try. We cannot hide from him. He sees everything and knows everything about us, and I suspect that is one reason why some people like to deny his existence. It can be quite unnerving to think of an all-powerful being who knows everything we do, say or even think.

A couple of weekends ago I was in the Sunday morning service at a village parish church in Leicestershire. The vicar told the story of the Old Testament prophet Samuel when he was commanded by God to anoint a new king. He was told the family that he should go to, and assumed that the very impressive eldest son would be the chosen one. But no! He worked his way down the family from eldest to youngest and still God said to him quietly, “This is not the one”.

Eventually in desperation he called to Jesse, the father, “Are you sure you’ve shown me all your sons?” “Well, there is another one,” says Jesse, but he’s little more than a child. He’s out watching the sheep.” “Bring him,” ordered the prophet, and as you’ve guessed he was the chosen one.

The moral of the story is given to us in the text (1 Samuel 16:7) and we can think of it alongside our verse from Psalm 139: “Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”

We’re very pleased that the Sportsreach team have agreed to visit us in Kirkby Stephen for a third year on the weekend of 19th/20th May.

Details will be announced later, but before then we have the opportunity to hear a talk on the work of Sportsreach in this country, continental Europe and Africa when Will Marsden visits us for our March 9th Supper Evening.

Twice in recent years we have had sports weekends for young people run by SportsReach of Carnforth, Lancashire. Currently we are exploring the possibility of another in 2012 and will announce details as soon as we are able.

Marsden family - SportsReach - KirkbyStephen - Dec11On Sunday, December 4th, we had a visit from Will and Sue Marsden (directors of SportsReach) along with their family. They led both the morning and afternoon services, and the photograph here shows the girls singing Christian songs, with mother on the keyboard. It was not simply entertainment, though. The words of the songs themselves were challenging and the whole family was involved in telling us of their activities over the past year, one highlight being a Christian sports mission in Kenya.

Will, on the Sunday evening, preached from Acts 8. He pointed out that whether Philip was among the city crowds of Samaria or on a desert road with a single individual his message was the same: “He told him the good news about Jesus”. He rightly challenged us always to keep Jesus himself at the forefront of our ministry as a church.

There are many practical kinds of service in which to engage; there are moral and spiritual issues to be addressed; but at the heart, at the forefront, and as the foundation of it all must be “Jesus”. As we celebrate Christmas, from which in popular culture Jesus has to such a great extent been eliminated, let us continually emphasise the angel’s message: “Jesus … he shall save his people from their sins.”

Updated today: The pages on our Sunday evening services and Thursday evening Bible Studies.

The preachers list for Sunday evenings gives the programme up to the end of February (God willing).

The Thursday evening page gives an outline of Luke’s Gospel up to chapter 4. The studies up to Christmas fit very closely to the season as we think of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please note: There will be no Sunday evening service on Christmas Day, and no Thursday evening meeting on 29th December.

The following quotations from the Bible summarise some of the important themes of the Gospel message. Rather than give lengthy explanations we will here let them speak for themselves.

(The Bible was originally written in ancient languages. All quotations here are from the New International Version, which is a widely-used modern English translation. References are given so that you can look them up for yourself.)

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:6

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

“It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” – John 3:16-18

If you are already a Christian we strongly suggest that you memorise these verses, including the references so that you know where to find them in the Bible. This will be of great help in your future Christian life.

If you are not yet a Christian, read them carefully and thoughtfully, praying that God’s Holy Spirit will help you to see the way of salvation in them and lead you trust the Saviour.


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